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Marriage Proposal

bbraddoc Sep 21, 2006 01:27 PM

I am flying to Chicago for the day with my girlfriend and plan to propose. Do any of you have a suggestion for a great lunch restaurant that will do the trick? My returning flight leaves at 6:00 pm so I do have some time constraints.

  1. YoYoPedro Sep 23, 2006 11:39 PM

    Here's another thought. Does it have to be at a restaurant? Why not go up to the Signature Lounge at the 95th Floor of the Hancock Building? While enjoying a glass of champagne and looking out toward the horizon to the west?

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      Chicago Mike Sep 23, 2006 08:05 PM

      If you're just jetting into and out of Chicago, then where you're "staying" is important, because you don't have alot of time. Some of the suggestions on this thread are dinner-only venues, unfortunately, and if you're leaving by 6pm that won't cut it. I really like the NoMi suggestion. Call ahead and see if they can give you a special table. Otherwise, in the same nabe Cafe Spiaggia is very nice and romantic AND open for lunch.

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      1. re: Chicago Mike
        Roger Spark Sep 23, 2006 09:25 PM

        Unfortunately, most of the better restaurants in the area around Lincoln Park Conservatory, are not open for lunch on Saturdays. Too bad, proposing at a bench in the greenhouse followed by a celebratory lunch at North Pond, would have been ideal.

        However, NoMi is open for lunch on Saturday, and is a very nice alternative option, especially if you can get a table with a view. Like Mike suggested, it wouldn't hurt to call them and tell them what you had in mind, and see if they can't give you a special table.

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        Jesster Sep 22, 2006 08:47 PM

        Hmmm Saturday makes it more tricky - as you will have fewer options. Van Pensiero doesn't do lunch anymore - and I'll have to check about Jackie's Bistro and Jilly's Cafe too - about whether they are open for lunch on Sats.

        You might check out Kiki's Bistro (Chicago) - request a corner table or booth. I'll have to think about breakfast in the Lincoln Conservatory area and get back to you. Buckingham Fountain would be another fine place to pop the question.

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          iblock Sep 22, 2006 06:55 PM

          Mr. Beef on Orleans. Otherwise Honey 1 BBQ. If she says yes in either of these two places she is a keeper

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          1. re: iblock
            YoYoPedro Sep 22, 2006 07:21 PM

            You stole my post! Except I was going to say Wiener's Circle. I always said first dates should be to a real dump, and if she'll still hang with you afterwards, you know she's good.

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            HankBaldpate Sep 22, 2006 06:10 PM

            I second North Pond. Also, call them beforehand and they will work with you--they will provide personalized menus, write stuff on plates, whatever you need. I had a birthday celebration there once and they were awesome.

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              bbraddoc Sep 22, 2006 05:42 PM

              I like the idea of proposing at Lincoln Park Conservatory. Sounds like a great place! Given that, are there any good breakfast areas in that area? I will be in town on a Saturday morning by 8:00 a.m. and will be ready to chow. I think North Pond Restaurant is closed Saturday other than dinner. Any other suggestions?

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                Jesster Sep 21, 2006 07:32 PM

                Another vote for North Pond - which has it all for a romantic moment. We really like Jackie's Bistro in Evanston - but the ambiance can be a bit hit or miss. Jilly's Cafe (a block away in Evanston)is usually very good and quite cozy. Va Pensiero (again, Evanston) could be perfect - if they got rid of that extremely unpleasant manager...

                Are you looking for cozy intimate? Or lively festive? Also what kind of foods do you like?

                I strongly suggest you don't get misled in to going to Geja's (fondue) which is vastly over-rated in both the food and atmosphere departments. I can't fathom how it has maintained it's reputation as THE romantic place to go (it was, kind of like 25 years ago) but now, especially if there is live music, she probably won't even HEAR your proposal...

                Above all do NOT go to Blackbird!

                In any case, all best wishes to you and yours...

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                  Roger Spark Sep 21, 2006 05:29 PM

                  I don't know how much time you will have, but just south of North Pond in the park, on the other side of Fullerton Parkway, is the Lincoln Park Conservatory, which is a beautiful glass structure built in 1890 with rooms of flowers, palms and orchids. It would be a fine place to pop the question.

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                    grey gardens Sep 21, 2006 05:05 PM

                    I way preferred the food at northpond to NoMi (although the view at NoMi, if you are lucky to get a window seat, is stunning). Plus around northpond, there are several pretty vistas that are away from the hustle and bustle if you didn't want to actually propose in the restaurant.

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                      Dee S Sep 21, 2006 04:01 PM

                      You better hope your girlfriend doesn't know your CH alias! Or her friends!!!!! *evil grin*

                      I have nothing to add but best wishes and happiness! I'll leave the Chicago restaurant recommendations to the others!

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                        Akatonbo Sep 21, 2006 03:54 PM

                        North Pond is very romantic, and the food is great. Here's a link to their web site. Note that they're closed on Mondays.

                        Another great spot would be Jackie's Bistro - a very pretty room, also excellent food (French) - but they're in Evanston - closer to O'Hare, but don't know how it would work with your plans for the rest of the day.

                        Ambria is in a beautiful art deco room (same area as North Pond), but I'm not up to date on what the food is like - however, assuming the food is good, that would also be a great choice.

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                          urigio Sep 21, 2006 02:08 PM

                          There are a few good restos that serve lunch with good atmsphere and nice views.

                          How about NoMi in the Park Hyatt for nice views of the lake and Michigan Ave?
                          Or maybe North Pond in Lincoln Park. IT's right in the middle of the park.

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